Ride Log, 08-01-2015: Too Early for the Button

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About 100 yards ahead I hear the bus honk at a jogger.

Me: Like you didn’t see the bus, right?

Jogger: I know! I was trying to not push the button.

Ok, the jogger was a bit of douchecopter since he was close enough to the bus to reach out and touch it, but the sentiment is there.


I look across the street where I see a single duck standing at the edge of the street, as if it was waiting for it’s turn to cross. Of course, it starts to walk out into the street at the exact time cars start driving past. So, I press the button.

Cars stop and I cross 1/2 way when the duck starts walking north, down the middle of the road, of course. Geez ducks are dumb. So I ride toward the duck, herding it into a direction that takes it out of the flow of traffic and into a delightful park. Of course I get words from people in cars (all good), but did the duck even so much as give me a thank you? Ungrateful little bastard.


Every stop light is a potential race for me. I always eye up the competition to determine if I have a chance or not. Today it was an unkempt Nissan Maxima, black, covered in bird shit and had dirty windows. I knew I could win.

Watching the lights, waiting for my chance. I tense up and get into position to start off as quickly as possible. I get the green light and rocket across the cross walk as fast as possible! The car in the middle lane crossed the other side before I did, but that wasn’t my target. I watched for that Maxima. I sped across the opposing cross walk and went at least 50 feet before the Nissan passed me. I was victorious.


On the map above, you will see my new favorite circuit. I’ve ridden it 4 times so far, every time taking just a little more than an hour. My latest goal is to finish that in 1 hour or less, which means an average speed of at least 15MPH. I can do it.

Recipe: Easy Shredded Pork

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Carnitas. Pulled Pork Sandwiches. Pork for whatever you want. This is a simple, flexible and delicious recipe that you should really enjoy! The best part is this is a slow cooked recipe. You can do it in your slow cooker or Dutch oven on low heat.

Ingredients

  • Pork tenderloin, whatever fits in your pot (about 2-3lbs)
  • Beer to cover at least 1/2 way (1-2 12 oz bottles. I used Corona)
  • 1 orange, cut into 1/8th, or chunks, skin on
  • 1 yellow onion, cut into 1/8th
  • Garlic, as much as you like, rough chopped. 6-8 cloves works well
  • 1TBLS whole peppercorns

If you are doing this in the dutch oven, start with a hot pan and about 2 TBLS of olive oil. Get the pork into the oil and sear it on all sides. Figure about 3-5 minutes per side. If you are using a crock pot, I still recommend getting some color on the meat anyway you can. Besides getting color on the meat, it also adds to the flavor of the cooking liquid.

Turn off the heat and add everything to the pot. Give your orange piece a good squeeze as you add them. Be careful, when you add the beer, there will be steam and it will be very hot! Lid it up and put the whole thing into your oven pre-heated to 200 degrees (same temp on the crock pot). Let this go for at least 4 hours, 5 hours would be better.

Remove it from the pot and move it to a tray or cooling rack prior to shredding. Be sure to save some of the cooking liquid to add back once you have shredded the meat. You don’t need much, maybe a 1/4 cup. Save a little more to add to any leftover you have before stashing it into the fridge.

Great for tacos (see above). You could give this a quick fry to that carnitas flavor and consistency. Mix it with your favorite BBQ Sauce and coleslaw for epic pulled pork.

This is one of the easiest recipes I have with some of the best results! Easy, flexible and, if you can find pork tenderloin on sale, cheap! Enjoy!

How I Did It

2 months into 2015 and I’m on my third month of keeping my body weight at or under 220 pounds. Pretty sure that means I’m right on track where I need to be to maintain it, and with the weather improving, I expect to get more time on the bike to help reach my next goal.

Sub 210 by June 10th. Because my birthday is as good a goal date as any.

I keep getting questions about “how I did it”. The short version is excercise and watching what I eat, both quality and quantity. Let’s break that down. Continue reading →

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Wanna Ride Bikes?

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Been riding bikes for most of my life, like many of you. I remember my first bike almost like it was yesterday; a screaming red Schwinn Stingray with banana seat and ape hanger bars. Or, at least I thought they were since I was 5. Learned to ride that thing like a boss too. Imagine how upset I was when I let it get stolen. It was soon replaced with a screaming yellow version of the same bike. And I rode that thing like a boss too. Forever. No kidding, like my car, I had that bike forever and rode it everywhere. It’s where I started with bikes. This might sound familiar if you’ve been a donburnside.com reader for more than a few years.

Fast forward to this last weekend. The Burnside Manor played host to the ‘rents as they needed to visit to deliver a few things. Namely some really kickass (potentially) wine. And, the beauty you see above.

I haven’t fully researched the bike yet, but I do know it is a Colson Tandem, built sometime in the 40’s. Most of it, from what I can tell, is original, like the seats and fenders, the frame and the wheels. Again, I only think. It’s got an internal front brake, coaster brakes and a 3 speed that mostly works. It was delivered with rotten tires and tubes, quickly replaced day of delivery so I could get out and ride it.

I remember when this bike first came into my life. It was at Newport Beach. Grand dad picked her up and made it part of the beach house bike stable. There were always very unique bikes in that collection. This one quickly became a favorite. Not because you could ride it with another person, which is cool to be sure. It’s that you can ride it by yourself.

From the rear seat.

Yea, this particular tandem bicycle allows for 2 person steering. Since both riders can steer, 1 can drive from the back without a front seat passenger. Took it for a ride around the hood last night and got some interesting looks, since I was riding from the back. Don’t worry, I’ll get video soon enough.

It’s a cruiser to be sure. This is not what you would consider a speedy bike. It rides so low that if you turn too sharp, the pedals will scrape the ground. But, high speed turns with big leans aren’t what this bike it about. It’s about the ride, baby. She is comfortable to ride and a joy to pedal. With as much weight as she carries, once you get moving the momentum just keeps it going, smooth and comfortable over the bumps.

This is my next project. Getting it cleaned up and tuned up. Like I mentioned, she is rideable now. After a few minor things, she’ll be ready for anything.

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New in the Kitchen

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I’ve never been one for kitchen gadgets that one would include in a category called “As Seen on TV”. Give me a good knife or 3, a nice set of pans and your typical set of tools and I’m a happy guy. Nice and simple, nice and easy. I prefer my time in the kitchen actually, you know, cooking, not messing around with gadgets.

Until I came across this. We had professional versions when I worked in restaurants that cost 100’s of dollars. The fancy kitchen stores sell this for $60 – $75. This image of pure white and danger has become mine for the princely sum of $15 from Amazon.com. And I like it.

I say danger because this thing is covered in sharp edges. The plastic holder is covered in rose bush like thorns. The stainless steel blades are practically begging to chew flesh. This is the most danger than you can have for such a small amount of money.

And I like it.

Did my first run today after opening it and washing it. As you can see above, it made interesting work out of an apple with the thin ribbon blade. I ate the apple, but it would have been a good cut to carmelize them in a pan to use as a topping for grilled pork.

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My second run was more typical. A red potato, a yellow squash and a carrot with the larger sized ribbon cutting blade. It did what it says on the tin, making quick work of the vegetables, creating curly fry style cuts. I have to say I’m impressed so far.

Next up with be to try the slicing blade. With the ribbon blade and carrots, you need monster carrots for it to work as expected. I think with the slicing blade I will get good results with them and apples, or anything really.

So yea. I have a unitasker in my kitchen. And I’m ok with that.